It’s my pleasure to welcome Lucy Saxon to That Artsy Reader Girl as part of her Take Back the Skies promotional blog tour, hosted by Bloomsbury Children’s. Instead of talking about her book, it’s time to get to know Lucy a little better! Don’t fret, though, I’ve included all the vital information on the book anyway. Today Lucy is going to talk about one of her strong loves: cosplaying. This is something I have never participated in, nor am I incredibly familiar with it, so I found her post to be a very interesting read. I hope you do too!
There are two questions I get asked regularly that will, without fail, make my brain go completely blank; ‘which characters do you cosplay?’ and ‘what’s your favourite cosplay?’. When faced with those questions, I tend to forget every cosplay I’ve ever worn except the one I am wearing at the time.
Asking a cosplayer which cosplay is their favourite is a little like asking a parent which child is their favourite; I love them all for different reasons, and it’s hard to say which I love most! But if I had to choose one, it would be my Captain America cosplay; while I’m actually remaking it at the moment as it had some issues, it was the first cosplay I’d drafted the pattern for myself, and I absolutely love the character of Captain America.
As for my clothing inspirations for Cat and the other characters in the Tellus’verse, I’m very much going towards Victorian-inspired looks and steampunk style clothing. I really like that sort of look – people don’t appreciate formal clothing as casual wear as much as they should! – and I think it suits the world of Tellus really well.
I don’t have any photo references of particular outfits, but my very talented friend Jerri (known online as Choupett Cosplay) is currently working on the costume design for some of the main characters in Take Back the Skies, so a group of my friends and I can cosplay them. The cosplay group is currently planned for the Sunday of London Film and Comic Con; which is a bit of a shame, as all my book-related things are on the Saturday, but I’ve already dedicated that day’s cosplay to Captain America in order to meet the god that is Stan Lee himself. I’m really excited for Jerri’s designs, and when they’re finished I’ll probably post photos online somewhere.
It’s pretty easy to get inspired by random things when you spend as much time on the internet as I do. Mostly Tumblr is to blame – if you want to keep track of things that inspire me to write, everything is under my ‘book ref’ tag on my Tumblr (Lucysaxonbooks.tumblr.com). It’s fairly eclectic, as I use the tag both for Tellus and for other writing ideas I’ve got bouncing about. So if you want to look for hints about future books, that’s the place to go!
About the Book
Desperate to escape an arranged marriage and the life her high-ranking government official father planned for her, Cat Hunter does the unthinkable. She runs away from her homeland Tellus, disguises herself as a boy, and stows away on an air ship. She’s ready for life in a new land where the general population isn’t poverty stricken and at the mercy of the cruel officials. What she isn’t quite ready for is meeting Fox, a crew member aboard the Stormdancer—which turns out to be a smugglers’ ship. So begins an epic adventure that spans both land and sea.
This explosive debut starts a unique six-book series. Each novel will be set in a different land within the Tellus world, with repeating characters and related, nonlinear storylines that combine to create a one-of-a-kind, addictive reading experience.
About Debut Author Lucy Saxon
Lucy Saxon has always loved reading, but her love of writing began at the age of 12 when she first suffered from the neurological disorder ME (chronic fatigue syndrome). She found herself missing lengthy periods of school, giving her the opportunity to indulge in creative writing. TAKE BACK THE SKIES is her debut novel. It was inspired by a dream and Lucy submitted a version of it to the National Novel Writing Month’s online competition. Lucy can often be found attending comic and fantasy conventions and ALWAYS makes her own, very impressive costumes.
Check out the rest of the tour!
Monday, June 2: Lili’s Reflections
Tuesday, June 3: Finding Bliss in Books
Wednesday, June 4: Head Stuck in a Book
Thursday, June 5: On Starships and Dragonwings
Friday, June 6: Skye’s Scribblings and Book Briefs Book Blog
Monday, June 9: The Bookish Daydreamer
Tuesday, June 10: Jessabella Reads
Wednesday, June 11: Hello Chelly
Thursday, June 12: That Artsy Reader Girl
Friday, June 13: The Windy Pages